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    Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    Only 14 days to go before the puck drops for the 68th Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden, in Boston, and all the civilized world waits to see if once-bedraggled Northeastern can pull off the first Beanpot threepeat in its long hockey history. And itís not too soon to start the cross-town sniping, snarkiness, and lobbing of gratuitous insults between and among the four fanbases. Since Iím above all that, Iíll just offer to start this yearís thread with some humble thumbnails of the contenders, in alphabetical order:

    Boston College: Notwithstanding the fact that regular season standings tend to be irrelevant in Beanpot play, it certainly looks like the 2020 Beanpot is BCís to lose. The Eagles sit one point behind UMass in the Hockey East standings (with two games-in-hand) and have the best overall record plus best goal differential (a whopping +36) of the Beanpot teams. And if thatís not enough, toss in this yearís wunderkind freshman goaltender. But strange things happen in Beanpot play so nobody should be surprised if something strange keeps the pot away from upper Commonwealth Ave.

    Boston University: On top of this probably not being the best year to draw BC in the first round, BU finds itself in the midst of a mediocre season, at least by BU standards. The Terriers have struggled to get to .500 and have the narrowest goal differential (+6). So, this isnít your fatherís (or even big brotherís) BU. But although strange things have happened in Beanpot play, even stranger things have happened in the long, storied rivalry involving three miles of Commonwealth Ave. Exhibit A: Saturdayís nailbiter at Chestnut Hill. So, expect the unexpected.

    Harvard: As usual, Harvard comes in as something of an enigma, with one-sided wins over Yale (7-0) and QPac (7-2) offset by an embarrassing loss to the same QPac (6-1) and a tie at bottom-feeder Princeton. Notably, the Johns have also lost to both BC and BU. But Harvard does know how to score (+20 goal differential) and has played the fewest games, so maybe theyíre still finding their groove. So, which is the real Harvard: The one thatís 3-5-2 in their last 10 or the one that can put the puck in the net? Hopefully, both of their fans show up to find out.

    Northeastern: Although NU already has the Friendship Four (Belfast) championship under its belt, its play has been wildly inconsistent, with the Huskies dominating offensively for stretches but also getting pinned in its own end for other stretches. Result: Nice wins vs Providence, UNH, and UMass offset by puzzling losses to the same UNH and Ö..UConn? Ummm, BU too. Maybe that comes with having 11 freshmen on the roster. All of that being said, if the NU that shows up at the Garden is the same one that played so well in Belfast, a threepeat might well be in the cards.

    BTW, NU and BC have yet to meet each other this season so, providing neither looks past its first-round opponent, an NU-BC final could prove enticing.
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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    Why isn't Bentley part of the Beanpot? They should at least be part of a play-in game. No reason for the 0-2 Beanpot team to get an auto-bid.

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    Itís BCís turn. They are firing on all cylinders at the right time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dream No. 2 View Post
    Why isn't Bentley part of the Beanpot? They should at least be part of a play-in game. No reason for the 0-2 Beanpot team to get an auto-bid.
    1) It's a closed club
    2) Bentley is not located in Boston (nor are much of BC and Harvard although goodly chunks of both campuses are physically in Boston).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dream No. 2 View Post
    No reason for the 0-2 Beanpot team to get an auto-bid.
    Yes there is. It's called 70 years years of history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dream No. 2 View Post
    Why isn't Bentley part of the Beanpot? They should at least be part of a play-in game. No reason for the 0-2 Beanpot team to get an auto-bid.
    Um...maybe because they're not a Boston school?

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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    Bentley, Lowell, Merrimack and Holy Cross should start a just outside of Boston Beanpot

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Bentley, Lowell, Merrimack and Holy Cross should start a just outside of Boston Beanpot
    😂
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    bc is superior to bu in nearly everything. while it is sad that it has come to it, it's the truth. if bu doesn't like it, improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dream No. 2 View Post
    Why isn't Bentley part of the Beanpot? They should at least be part of a play-in game. No reason for the 0-2 Beanpot team to get an auto-bid.
    Please stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Split-N View Post
    1) It's a closed club
    2) Bentley is not located in Boston (nor are much of BC and Harvard although goodly chunks of both campuses are physically in Boston).
    All 4 rinks are physically in Boston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    All 4 rinks are physically in Boston.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Conte Forum (BC) is actually in Newton. Agganis Arena (BU), Bright Hockey Center (H), and Matthews Arena (NU) are all indisputably in Boston.
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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    I remember this being a big thing and someone breaking down zoning maps etc. I couldn't tell you which parts of BC are in Chestnut Hill, Newton, Boston etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Split-N View Post
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Conte Forum (BC) is actually in Newton. Agganis Arena (BU), Bright Hockey Center (H), and Matthews Arena (NU) are all indisputably in Boston.
    Youíre wrong. Feel corrected.
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    bc is superior to bu in nearly everything. while it is sad that it has come to it, it's the truth. if bu doesn't like it, improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    All 4 rinks are physically in Boston.
    Correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    I remember this being a big thing and someone breaking down zoning maps etc. I couldn't tell you which parts of BC are in Chestnut Hill, Newton, Boston etc.
    conte is in boston, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Bentley, Lowell, Merrimack and Holy Cross should start a just outside of Boston Beanpot
    Iíll take a free trophy every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patronick View Post
    Iíll take a free trophy every year.
    Who do you think you are, BU?

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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Bentley, Lowell, Merrimack and Holy Cross should start a just outside of Boston Beanpot
    Why stop there? Invite Suffolk, Tufts, UMass-Boston, and MIT and you can have the "Not So" Super 8 Tournament.
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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Split-N View Post
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Conte Forum (BC) is actually in Newton. Agganis Arena (BU), Bright Hockey Center (H), and Matthews Arena (NU) are all indisputably in Boston.
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    You’re wrong. Feel corrected.
    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    conte is in boston, yes.
    I stand (in the corner) corrected, and showing shame--even though it was a Bald Eagle who told me Conte is in Newton.
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    Re: Beanpot LXVIII: Threepeat?

    With Harvard and NU really coming on strong in recent years, it's a shame that has coincided with college sports in general taking an attendance nosedive. The Beanpot has finally evolved into anyone's tournament but the overall interest just isn't what it used to be. And while it might be at an all time high for NU fan interest after ending the drought and winning back-to-back--even their interest will fade if the current trend in college sports continues. Taking NU fans out of it, the best thing the Beanpot had going for itself recently was the NU angle of trying to end the streak.

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